The story of Samurai X really begins in the late 1860s during the last days of the Tokugawa era. Kenshin Himura, makes his mark. As a fourteen year old with a belief that he could use his sword to protect the peasants and the weak who were suffering during the Tokugawa era and against his master’s wishes, Kenshin joins the rebels who seek to overthrow the Tokugawa government.
Kenshin fought in the revolution and was believed to be the strongest imperialist. . Using his Hiten Mitsurugi Ryuu technique, he ends up killing countless people and as a result, he develops the legendary name “Hitokiri Battousai” or “Battousai: The Slasher”. However, due to a horrible incident, he put away the sword that kills and decided he would never kill another human being, no matter what. He took up a reverse-blade sword. This way, even though he used the impressive Hiten Mitsurugi style, he could protect others without killing. Mysteriously, at the end of the Tokugawa era, Kenshin Himura disappears and begins wondering all over Japan for ten years with the vow in mind never to kill anyone again.
Following his wandering for ten years, Kenshin appears in Tokyo during the Meiji Era (this is where the anime series begins) where he befriends Kaoru Kamiya (a female Kendo master), Yahiko Myoujin (a former thief), Sanosuke Sagara (a brawler) and Megumi Takani (a doctor) all with their own secrets. Together they fight off the enemies surfacing from the dark past that Kenshin cannot escape. Together, they share many adventures, trials, tribulations and happiness. Whatever happens, they come to form an unbreakable bond which proves their friendship and affection for one another.
One more highlight of this entire series is the romantic relationship between Kenshin and Kaoru. At some point, both develop romantic feelings for one another but they have a hard time expressing this feeling. Despite this, it slowly blossoms and the true extent of it is revealed in the DVD movie “Samurai X: Reflections.
I started my liking to Samurai X when i was still a highschool student. However, tv series is somewhat hanging and it keeps your excitement at bay. My sentiment since time immemorial.
The most memorable and hearth-breaking part for me is the goodbye scene. After so much thinking and all, he decided to go and stop what his former successor has been doing to destroy the peace that they all worked so hard to obtain. His goodbye speech to Kaoru was so heart wrenching. I can’t believed I cried on this episode. Watching him suddenly hug her, was also so romantic. The background music, the fireflies and just everything about that scene was done to perfection. I played this part a few times, I admit I’m such a sucker for romance and I couldn’t help myself, it was so romantic.
To top it all, this anime series is superb…I’ll watch it over and over again. I will definitely not tire of it. Kenshin is so cool and has been my crush for so long.